Why do we believe?
Tyrant, Unyielding, Fake, Unrealistic… Everyone has a different opinion of who God is to them or what being a Christian means. If you were raised by a stern and strict Father, you most likely see God that way. If you called out to God before in a “Hey God! If you’re there send me a sign” kind of a way and didn’t hear from Him like you thought, you probably don’t think God listens to your prayers. If you are entangled in addiction or think you have some unforgivable sin, you may think that God can’t forgive you or won’t want a relationship with you.
The truth is we create different versions of who we think God to be based off of our experiences, our past, our choices, and our feelings. God, then, becomes who we want Him to be. God becomes this distorted, miss-configured reflection in a broken mirror.
Truth- God is who He is, regardless of what we think about Him.
If I have an interaction with someone that is negative or hear something bad about that person, I formulate an idea of what I think that person is like. Until I get to know them and spend time with them do I actually start to formulate a view of who they really are.
I don’t have faith, talk about God a lot, or make His work my life mission because I need a crutch to lean on or because I fell into “religion”. I believe because I’ve seen Him show up in my life. When I finally stopped making it about me and started truly getting to know Him, I saw Him consistently revealing Himself in my life. You might say, “Well that was a coincidence” or “You convinced yourself that it was God”. I know it to my core. I would die for my faith in Jesus Christ. I have seen Him reveal Himself through people in my life. I’ve seen it through His Word leaping off the page and being exactly what I needed to hear.
Call out to God with a humble, unhindered heart. Ask Him to show you who He really is and then pursue learning about Him and His character through His Word. He will reveal Himself to you and meet you right where you are.
When you started that conversation with them or when you started to realize that your view was skewed, that’s when you had to take everything you knew about them, ball it up and throw it in the trash. Some of us need to take that picture of who we think God is and throw it in the trash. He isn’t your Dad, He isn’t your past, He isn’t your mistakes, He isn’t the “Big Man Upstairs”. He is love.
1 John 4: 7-11
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”